Oakland A’s are powering ahead at the top of the American League West after their sixth win in a row with a 11-0 shutout demolition of Chicago White Sox.
Brandon Moss clipped a pair of two-run homers while Josh Reddick also grabbed a homer in a free-for-all run feast at the Coliseum. With approximately a quarter of the regular season played the A’s sit on a strong 25-15 record.
After winning their last six games both offence and defensive squads have performed exceptionally well. The A’s have outscored their opponents 39-8 in those six games and faced the highest scorers in the American League in the shape of the White Sox (201). But by the end of the game the A’s took control of that record with their 11 runs to take their total to 203 this year.
While the A’s pitchers have been going about their business quietly, the batters have been making a racket of bat on ball. White Sox’s starting pitcher Scott Carroll was given a night to forget after conceding six runs on 11 hits and a single walk in just five innings and by the end of the night Oakland smashed 17 hits, their highest total all season.
Moss began the destruction of the White Sox with a first innings RBI double and Craig Gentry added another in the fourth with a single.
Oakland then applied the afterburners with doubles from John Jaso, Yoenis Cespedes and Derek Norris in the fifth. That set up Reddick’s homer and Moss added another in the sixth off reliever Frank Francisco. Moss complied his second homer of the night in the eighth to score two runs off Matt Lindstrom.
The White Sox had no answer to the pure hitting power of the Athletics’ batting line-up and slipped to a 19-22 record as a result.
Speaking to MLB.com, Moss said:
“Early in the season, late in the season and sometimes for no apparent reason in July, you’ll get cold nights, and that marine layer comes in and knocks everything down. But warmer air definitely, definitely makes it a much better place to hit.”
With the weather heating up and temperatures reaching 80 degrees in Oakland, it looks like the A’s will only get hotter and hotter over the middle chunk of the season.
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